How a Family’s Love Makes Everything OK

By Ashley Begley I’m not gonna lie—it’s hard for me to write this. I think, in part, because I’ve spent so much time protecting myself and my family from the notorious sideways glances and unmistakable whispers about us. Why, you ask, would anyone side-eye such a gorgeous family? Good question. You see, my family is…

Three Simple Skateboard Tricks for a Super Quick Floor Workout

By Jeanne Jarvis-Gibson If you want to take your routine outside before the weather turns too chill but don’t want to run another lap around the neighborhood, grab a yoga mat and skateboard from the garage for this exercise sesh… Skateboard Plank 1. Put your yoga mat in front of the skateboard. Your board should…

What’s Not to Love About Hailee Steinfeld?

By Danielle Bryant We’ve been vibing on Hailee Steinfeld’s voice ever since we heard her breakout single “Love Myself.” We knew her music was bound to be epic fun: Love Myself And now? Hailee has finally recorded her very first EP. Called HAIZ, the extended-play CD is on shelves now. In addition to her self-love…

The Beauty of Gratitude

By Brittany Taylor Happy Thanksgiving! Not really feelin’ the season yet? No sweat. Here are five ways to get you in the attitude of gratitude…right now. 1. Read The Giving Tree. Remember this Shel Silverstein classic? Pluck the green cover from a shelf and give it a good re-read. The lessons it supplies about take-take-taking…

Ten Awesome Things to Love About Mo’ne Davis

By Molly Lauryssens It’s good to be armed with a 70-mph fastball and a sick knuckleball! Just ask baseball pitcher Mo’ne Davis, who made history with a precious arm and her cool demeanor in the 2014 Little League World Series (LLWS). 1. Mo’ne Davis plays with the boys. At 13 years of age, this fab…

Five Books to Read Before They Come to the Big Screen

By Danielle Bryant Everybody knows the book is always better than the movie (looking at you, Ella Enchanted!), but these upcoming flicks look *pretty* good. Grab ’em in hardcopy and read up before they hit the big screen—that way, you’re prepared for any plotholes…and for any ensuing book v. movie debates. 1. MOCKINGJAY PART 2…

Money, Honey: Women on Twenties

By Janice Byth Women on 20s is a campaign to change the $20 bill so it features a woman—specifically abolitionist Harriet Tubman—to replace the image of former president Andrew Jackson by the year 2020. Women on 20s started campaigning in early 2015, holding a vote to ascertain which famous historic woman should appear on the…

Taste This! Start a New Thanksgiving Tradition

By Libby Ryan Liberian cuisine reflects the rich heritage of Liberians. Certain American traditions are also reflected in Liberian dishes. Liberian recipes contain an interesting melange of ingredients, such as pumpkin, tomatoes, rice and many tasteful vegetables. Rice is one of the staple foods in Liberia. You will often hear a Liberian exclaim that she…

Ariana Grande and Ariel Winter Won’t Stand for Instagram Insults

By Danielle Bryant It’s no surprise that celebs in the public eye often come under some serious scrutiny, but when singer/actress Ariana Grande was recently faced with an incident of body-shaming, she immediately shut it down. A Twitter user compared Ariana’s body to ABC-TV Modern Family star Ariel Winter’s fuller figure, and Ariana wasn’t about…

Instagram Star Essena O’Neill Gets Real

By Ilana Bernstein Former social media model Essena O’Neill wants you to see through the smoke and mirrors of those perceived picture-perfect images she and others have posted online. Behind the scenes of every gorgeous Instagram, the reality isn’t always so pretty. Scroll through your social media feed, and you’ll find countless images of beautiful…

Chelsea Clinton on Making a Difference

By Kelsey Haywood You’re on top of your homework, your chores and planning your bestie’s birthday—but how much do you really know about what’s happening beyond your day-to-day? Chances are, you do realize your biggest problems (like memorizing math theorems) would be considered a privilege to girls in many other parts of the world. According…

Top Ten Best-Ever Book Quotes

By Alexa Matthews There’s nothing we love more than reading—well, except for maybe writing! We’ve rounded up our top ten favorite book quotes, so get prepared to be inspired…. 1. The Twits by Roald Dahl “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”…